Hysterical Hybrid Animals You Can't Unsee
Photoshop jokester is getting more success then he ever imagined. Starting in 2012, Arne Olav Gurvin Fredriksen began his hobby and has had success ever since. He doesn’t post regularly, it stays truly a fun extra craft on the side. He uses Photoshop to create strange, outlandish yet hilariously entertaining photos of hybrid animals. He mixes different body parts with the parts of other animals to conceive these newfound critters. Once his creatures are ready, he posts them on Instagram, where he later finds out what they are to be named by asking his 14,000+ followers to vote on the proper name for the hybrid. He later posts them to Reddit where people have a laughing fit.
What is his technique to making them look so realistic?
Fredriksen has left comments helping people figure out how exactly he used photoshop to create these hysterical animals. “The angle has to be right, and it helps a lot if the skin/fur textures are approximately similar. This is the hardest part,” Fredriksen explains on Reddit. After placing the head onto another animal’s body, Frediksen then uses various Photoshop tools to move, erase, and blend parts of the background so that the hybrids look like they're in their real-life habitat.
You need to find two pictures that go well together - the angle has to be right, and it helps a lot if the skin/fur textures are approximately similar. This is the hardest part.
When cutting the foreground picture that usually contains what will be come the head of the animal, I only make a rouch selection with the selection tool - the unwanted parts can be erased later.
To figure out where to place the head, I usually make the head layer slightly transparent, and then move it around and resize it until it looks good on the background picture that has the body.
When the two pictures are correctly arranged, I start erasing from the foreground picture. To make it flow into the background picture, you can use a mixture of different eraser brushes. Use a low hardness on the eraser brush, and also experiment with the eraser brush's opacity. Then you have to work slowly to erase all the parts of the foreground picture that need to disappear.
When the animal blend is finished, the colors may still be off. I use the ctrl+U tool to change color or reduce the color of the color elements of the foreground animal that are different from the background animal. If the background picture has a color glow, you can use the photo filter function on the foreground picture to make it fit into the color scheme of the background.
Lastly, there's brightness/contrast editing. You want the light to be the same in the two pictures, so it's often helpful to change the brightness and contrast. For spots, you can use the dodge and burn tools.
He has truly changed up the animal picture game. Each and every picture is uniquely funny in its own way so take some time to laugh at them with a group of friends.
The “Guinea lion”
The “Polar chickens”
The “The Horseal's two-legged cousin”